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Are We Writing Like Worker Ants or Children of God?

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The secular world desperately needs to hear the perspective of Catholics on pressing issues, especially on the sanctity of human life. However most religious authors write in a small niche, read mainly by fellow Catholics and perhaps a few other critics we would secretly love to block. An amusing analogy came to me the other day which clarifies this dilemma. Consider the life of an ant, not a queen ant, a worker ant. Worker ants scurry about, hauling loads of food that are bigger than they are. They are completely oblivious to the world around them, fixated solely on their own tiny society. Often this narrow viewpoint leads to disastrous results, with whole colonies wiped out of existence when the macrocosm surrounding them crashes into their little world. continue reading on joy of nine9 or on CatholicStand

Protestants’ Reactions to a Catholic Writer

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I am proud to proclaim I am a Catholic. A saved, born again, Spirit filled lover of Jesus who expects to be accepted by Protestant lovers of Jesus because I am a sister in Christ. BUT, my culture and way of expressions seems odd to Protestant ears. So I am misunderstood. Perhaps in the Body, the Protestants are the feet and mouth carrying the Good News and as a Catholic I am an ear. I might not look like I belong but trust me, although I look foreign I AM part of the same Body. May my small acts of unity reverberate throughout  the entire Mystical Body of Christ. continue

John Paul II: My First Pope Crush

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Here he is.
Yes. That's my beloved JP2. It's OK, you can love him too.

On April 2, the world marked the tenth anniversary of his death. Pope Francis encouraged us to keep up our conversation with the Polish pope, asking him to "intercede for us, for families, for the church so that the light of the Resurrection shines through all of the darkness in our life and fills us with joy and peace.” It makes sense to continue to talk to Pope John Paul II--to pray--just like we did while he was still living among us. Sunday's brilliant celebration of Easter reminds us that Jesus has conquered death. Death is no stumbling block for us; when our friends pass away, we know they live in Jesus Christ.

Read about three other popes and the love of Jesus Christ at Praying with Grace!

Six Ways to Encounter Jesus in the Mass by Nancy

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Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me. (Luke 22:19) Although God’s presence is everywhere, mass is my favorite place to come into his presence. Every part of the liturgy helps me experience a personal encounter with Jesus. It will provide the same relationship with Jesus for you. ·Christ is present in the assembly of the body of Christ in the pews, for hehas promised “where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:20) So sing and pray knowing that Christ is among us, gathered as the body of Christ. ·Christ is present in the priest or bishop who presides in persona Christi, in the person of Christ. When they vest before celebrating Mass the priests"put on Christ" in a special way. Find more ways to encounter Jesus at JoyAlive.net